STS-68

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

STS-68 was a human spaceflight mission using Space Shuttle Endeavour that launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 30 September 1994.

Watch the Launch

Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-105

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational Shuttle built. The United States Congress approved the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was destroyed in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis were used in its assembly. NASA chose, on cost grounds, to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise or accepting a Rockwell International proposal to build two Shuttles for the price of one.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    38.1 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    2040 T
  • Thrust
    28200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-105
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Endeavour


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 6 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: OV-105

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational shuttle built. It embarked on its first mission, STS-49, in May 1992 and its 25th and final mission, STS-134, in May 2011. STS-134 was expected to be the final mission of the Space Shuttle program, but with the authorization of STS-135, Atlantis became the last shuttle to fly. The United States Congress approved the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis were used in its assembly. NASA chose, on cost grounds, to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


Peter Wisoff

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 16, 1958
Age: 61

Daniel W. Bursch

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: July 25, 1957
Age: 62

Thomas David Jones

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Jan. 22, 1955
Age: 65

Michael A. Baker

Commander - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Oct. 27, 1953
Age: 66

Terrence W. Wilcutt

Pilot - American - (NASA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 1949
Age: 70

Steven Smith

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Dec. 30, 1958
Age: 61

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

(LMSO)

Successes: 25 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

INFO

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Pad: Launch Complex 39A


Long March 11
Success
3 hours, 58 minutes ago
XJS-G & XJS-H
Unknown - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

XJS-G and XJS-H are experimental small satellites which will be used for Earth observation.


LauncherOne
Failure
4 days, 4 hours ago
Launch Demo
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

Payload-free test flight of the LauncherOne vehicle.


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
1 week ago
EKS 4 (Tundra 4) (Kosmos 2546)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


H-IIB
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Kounotori 9 (HTV-9)
Osaki Y LP2 - Tanegashima, Japan

The last H-II Transfer Vehicle "Kounotori" will be launched on an H-IIB 304 launch vehicle, carrying 6,200 kg (13,669 lbs) of supplies and science ...


Atlas V 501
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
OTV-6 (X-37B) (USSF-7)
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

It is the sixth flight of the X-37B program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is built by Boeing. It's an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long ...


Kuaizhou
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Xingyun-2 01, 02
Launch Area 4? - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Xingyun-2 01 and 02 are the first two satellites of the planned low Earth orbit constellation being built by Xingyun Satellite company, whichi is a...


Long March 5B
Success
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Maiden Flight
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

This is the maiden flight of Long March 5B rocket, which is to be used for delivering modules for China's new space station. This launch is also th...


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 month ago
Progress MS-14 (75P)
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the Internation...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
Starlink 6
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Qased
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
Noor
Unknown Pad - Shahrud Missile Test Site, Islamic Republic of Iran

This is the first launch of the Qased launch vehicle, which is reported to have placed a military satellite called Noor into 425-km orbit.